France 1756-BB 2 louis d'or

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Goldberg sale 91, lot 2244
photo courtesy Goldberg Coins and Collectibles

This specimen was lot 2244 in Goldberg sale 91 (Los Angeles, June 2016), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted, "France. 2 Louis d'or au bandeau, 1756/49-BB (Strasbourg) EF to About Unc. Louis XV. Large head left with hair ribbon. Reverse: Crown over two oval shields. Interesting overdate, very clear and unlisted. Considerable original mint luster. Choice Extremely Fine to About Uncirculated." This type was struck 1742-73 in some numbers but the Strasbourg mint issued this type 1742-49, 1756-64, 1766-72 only. Strasbourg's location near the border with Germany made it a major producer of this type struck for soldier's pay.

Recorded mintage: 68,269.

Specification: 16.31 g, .917 fine gold, reeded edge, 28-29 mm diameter, designed by J.-C. Röettiers.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 792, Dr/2 no. 542, Fr-463; KM-519.2; Gad-346.


  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • Droulers, Frédéric, Répertoire General des Monnaies de Louis XIII à Louis XVI (1610-1792), 4e édition, Paris: AFPN, 2009.
  • Duplessy, Jean, Les Monnaies Françaises Royales de Hugues Capet à Louis XVI (987-1793), Tome II, 2e édition, Paris: Maison Platt, 1999.
  • Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 9th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2017.
  • [1]Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, John Lavender, Yifu Che, Jason Villareal and Stephen Harvey, Goldberg Sale 91: the Pre-Long Beach Auction, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2016.

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